Macaroni & Cheese is my all time weakness. I can’t not order it when on a menu. Mention the word Truffle or Lobster in the same sentence and I’m a goner. But even I have limits and know I can’t always have Mac & Cheese anytime I want it. So when the craving strikes or a main dish is need of a rich side dish, this Cauliflower Au Gratin recipe is what I turn to.
The fancy name for this dish is actually Cauliflower Au Gratin. Let me interpret- Cauliflower smothered in cheese sauce! While I dare not call it healthy, it is certainly a healthier version of mac & cheese. Added bonus – Cauliflower is a Cruciferous vegetable that is very low in carbs and high in fiber, which is never a bad thing. When I make Cauliflower “Mac” & Cheese, I only feel half as bad about indulging in it. Actually, who am I kidding? I never feel bad about anything having to do with cheese sauce.
- Make sure the cauliflower is completely dry after steaming. If the cauliflower has residual moisture the cheese sauce will be wet rather than gooey.
- You can make this a Gluten Free recipe by substituting cup for cup flour in the cheese sauce.
- Caulfilower Au Gratin makes an excellent side dish for grilled steaks.
- Can be made in advance up to 24 hours up to adding the breadcrumbs. Remove from refrigerator an hour before baking to take chill off. Then top with buttered breadcrumbs and bake according to instructions.